ENFIELD — A free concert by the Savage Brothers, one of the region's premiere bands for three decades, will be among the highlights of this year's edition of St. Jeanne Jugan Parish's carnival, to be held Thursday, May 31; Friday, June 1; and Saturday, June 2, on the St. Bernard Church grounds at 424 Hazard Ave.
The carnival will run from 6 to 10 p.m. each day, featuring carnival rides with wrist bands for sale every evening for $20 that provide unlimited access to the fairground's rides, or individual ride tickets. There will be a wide variety of food, including fried dough, French fries, doughnuts, strawberry shortcakes and sundaes; craft beer provided by Powder Hollow Brewery; and hamburgers, hot dogs, and grinders prepared by Danny's Pizza. There will also be a selection of state-sanctioned games of chance.
Performing Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. will be the Savage Brothers, a band founded in 1984 in the basement of the family's Windsor Locks home that has performed over 5,000 concerts across the Northeast.
There also will be a performance Thursday by Jim Blanch and the Boot Hill Band, playing traditional country-style music. Enfield 's own Dukes of Hazardville will perform their variety of acoustic rock music on Friday.
The drawing for the annual parish raffle will be held on Saturday, June 2, at 9:30 p.m. Prizes to be awarded in the raffle drawing are gift certificates of $2,000 to the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, $1,500 to Home Depot , and $1,000 to Super Stop & Shop. Tickets cost $5 apiece and may be purchased from parish families or at the rectory, as well as at the carnival itself each night.
The carnival is organized by St. Jeanne Jugan parishioners and supported not only by them but also by area businesses and the larger community. Platinum sponsors are Urban Foresters LLC, Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, Roncari Valet, and the Golas family.
Also supporting the carnival are Gold sponsors Bob and Nicole Duquette, Fallon Law Office LLC, S. Camerota & Sons, the Francis Figueroa family, Vasseur Landscaping, the Yiznitsky family, Cappiello Heating & Cooling, and R.M. Drywall LLC.
Silver sponsors are Chris and Ted Kiczuk, Susan Roberts, Grey Physical Therapy, Browne Memorial Funeral Home, Deacon Richard and Camille Boucher, the Rev. Bernard J. Grochowski, Pat Keck of New England Realty, Savings Institute Bank & Trust, Ralph and Suzanne Williams, USA Hauling, Smyth Ice Cream, and Sandy and Mike Morin.
Bronze sponsors are CDA Roofing & Siding, Econo-Clean, Enfield Community Federal Credit Union, Johnson Memorial Hospital, Attorney Charles D. Hines, Rogers Memorial Studio, Charles and Deanna Comparetto, M. Aleskwiz in memory of Ray Aleskwiz, Jerry and Mary Ann Tobin, St. Jeanne Jugan Religious Education Program, the Chadderton Family, and John and Karen Hogan.
For more information about the carnival, call the St. Bernard Church rectory at 860-749-8353. Pictured are the Savage Brothers.
Rotary Scholarships Available
ENFIELD — The Enfield Rotary Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc., is offering scholarships to college students from Enfield who will be entering their junior or senior year in 2018, beginning or continuing postgraduate education, or entering their third or later year of post-high school education in an accredited institution.
There is no age limit for applicants. Selection criteria include factors such as financial need, self-help activities, academic achievement and extracurricular activities.
Visit www.enfieldctrotary.org to download the 2018 scholarship application can be downloaded from the Enfield Rotary Club website. The application deadline is June 15. Recipients will be notified in July and the scholarships will be presented at a Rotary luncheon in August.
Sunflower Growing Contest
ENFIELD — The Garden Club of Enfield is sponsoring a sunflower growing contest this summer. The Enfield Public Library will help kick-off the contest with stories, pot decorating and the planting of sunflower seeds on Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. Members of the Garden Club will be on hand with tips on growing sunflowers. This drop-in program is for ages three and up.
Visit www.enfieldpubliclibrary.org or call the library at 860-763-7518 or 860-763-7512 for more details.
Soup Kitchen Needs Vegetables
ENFIELD — The Enfield Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen is in need of garden vegetables. The kitchen is asking gardeners to plant an extra plant or two and share your crop. The drop-off time is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 28 Prospect St. Call Priscilla at 860-741-0226 with questions.
CFPA Trails Weekend
SOMERS — At 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, the public is invited to join with the Northern CT Land Trust to celebrate the CFPA Trails Weekend. The trust will follow blazed trails through the Land Trust's premier 200-plus acre Whitaker Woods property, featuring woodland and a cow pasture.
This approximately five mile, one way, hike will be scenic, with bridge crossings and beautifully constructed and well-preserved stone walls. There will be the opportunity to loop back to the trailhead for a shorter hike.
From the Land Trust property, everyone will continue on Somers Trail Committee and Shenipsit State Forest trails to the Soapstone Mountain Lookout. There will be transportation back to the trail head. As guests walk, the natural and land use history and local wildlife will be discussed.
Meet behind the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St., Route 190, near the intersection of Route 83 in the center of Somers. Attendants will carpool to the trailhead. For questions, visit northernctlandtrust.org or call 860-623-5487.
Seeking Vehicles For Vehicle Day
ENFIELD — The Enfield Public Library's annual Vehicle Day, which is being held this year on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, is rapidly approaching. Several types of vehicles are displayed in the parking lot of the Enfield Public Library and children are invited to check them out and learn about them.
If you have a vehicle of any kind, be it work, atv, antique, hot rod, motorcycle, racing, construction, etc., that you would like to have featured in this year's Vehicle Day, contact the Enfield Public Library at 860-763-7518 to reserve your space.
Enfield Senior Center Events
ENFIELD — The following events will take place at the Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St. Call 860-763-7425 with any questions.
The Senior Minor Repair Program, sponsored by the Enfield Commission on Aging, is ongoing. Requests can be made by calling 860-253-6395. The program focuses on minor home repairs that can help Enfield Seniors remain more comfortable and safe in their homes. A brief description of the repair requested is needed to help ensure the proper tools and/or supplies are available.
Trip flyers are available on our website at www.enfield-ct.gov/seniors or can be picked up at the Senior Center.
Annual policeman's picnic: June 20, rain or shine. Lunch with entertainment by Dave Colucci. Bring a chair and enjoy the day. Tickets are available for pick up at the Enfield Police station. Bring proof of Enfield residency.
Reservations are currently being accepted for all-you-can-eat lobster featuring entertainment by Jimmy Mazz at the Delaney House in Holyoke, Mass., on Wednesday, July 11. The buffet includes a variety of salads, fresh fruit, lobster, pork Marengo, grilled focaccia haddock, chicken marsala, baked ziti, vegetable, dessert and beverages. Food will be at each table, including a cheese and vegetable platter, shrimp cocktail and a bread basket. Entertainment will be provided by Jimmy Mazz in his show, Legends & Laughter. The trip cost is $100 per person.
Six more seats just became available to see the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. on Sunday, June 24. Come see the Boston Red Sox take on the Seattle Mariners . Game time is 1:05 p.m. and seating is Grandstand Section 30. The trip cost is $142 per person and includes transportation to and from Fenway Park from the Enfield senior center.
The first sign-up day for July and August classes for Enfield residents is Tuesday, June 5. Sign up day for nonresidents is Tuesday, June 12. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The last day that Fitness July and August registrations will be accepted is Friday, June 22.
Beauty And The Beast Auditions
BROAD BROOK — The Opera House Players are seeking a cast of all ages for "Beauty and the Beast." Auditions will be held at the Broad Brook Opera House, 107 Main St.
The schedules are as follows. Children's Auditions, Age 10 to 15, Sunday June 10, at 4 p.m. Promptness is required as the audition will begin with a dance call and finish with readings and singing.
Adult Auditions, Age 16 and above, Sunday, June 10, at 6 p.m., and Tuesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. Be prepared to stick around after your initial audition is finished. A dance call will be held following the cold readings.
Beauty and the Beast will be the Opera House Players first show at its new location at 100 High St., Enfield. There are 12 performances for this show from Nov. 2 through Nov. 25. Fridays and Saturdays will be evening performances and Sundays will be matinees. The set strike or set deconstruction will be held following the final performance.
All roles are available for casting. Be prepared to do cold readings from the script and to stay for a short dance call. Prepare 16 to 32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Nothing from Beauty and the Beast, please.
Bring your own sheet music. An accompanist will be provided by the theatre. Singing to tracks or a cappella will not be allowed. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for dancing. Bring a resume and headshot if you have them.
Be prepared to outline possible rehearsal conflicts. The standard rehearsal schedule will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, but there may be a need to select other days. Visit www.operahouseplayers.org for more information regarding roles and requirements and email director Becca Coolong at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Bell Ringing Concert
ENFIELD — Enfield Congregational Church, 1295 Enfield St., will be hosting a free bell ringing concert on Saturday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. The Hockanum Valley Ringers will be performing classics as well as more contemporary music. Free parking and light refreshments will be available.
Autism Speaks Walk Fundraiser
AREA — Howley Bread Group (HBG), a franchisee of Panera Bread, is kicking off its annual fundraising campaign for the Autism Speaks Walk.
Panera Bread cafés in 12 Connecticut locations will begin raising funds: Hartford, West Hartford, Glastonbury, Wethersfield, Enfield, Bristol, Canton, Farmington, Southington, Manchester, Newington and South Windsor.
Customers will have the option to donate $1 or more to the organization while placing their order. Those who choose to donate will receive an Autism Walks bracelet. The walk takes place on Saturday, June 3, at 9 a.m. at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Visit http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/NewEngland?fr_id=3762&pg=entry for more information.
Farm, Garden And House Tour
EAST WINDSOR — A special farm, garden and house tour will be held on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the town of East Windsor.
This event has something for everyone, from flowers to tractors, antiques to animals, architecture to acreage with even a bit of archeology tossed in for good measure. The tour will showcase what is best about East Windsor, celebrating both its past and its present.
Visitors will be transported back in time as they tour the William H. Thompson House, a well preserved example of a Connecticut River Valley farmstead, with associated nineteenth-century barn, tobacco shed and pump house. Then stroll through the flowers and growing Christmas trees at the modern day Syme Farm before heading off to catch a glimpse of sustainable living and the homestead lifestyle where past meets present at the Grant house, a house partially built from antique and reclaimed building materials while also featuring modern solar panels.
Horses are at the heart of the Harrington Stables but it is the rabbits and the vegetables, the fruit trees and the chickens that contribute to the soul of the Costa House and Farm. Next it is a dinosaur believe it or not, specifically an Anchisaurus, which contributes to the history of another stop on the tour. Among the mature gardens and surprising works of art found today at the Solomon Ellsworth House, is the location of the first dinosaur fossils ever uncovered by Solomon Ellsworth Jr. in 1818. Visitors will get the opportunity to literally walk where the dinosaurs did eons ago.
Visitors will also be treated to the restored Melrose School House built in the 1850s, which highlights the Greek Revival architectural style, as well as the Historical Society Museums, the Broad Brook Library, and the First Congregational Church built in 1802, which hosts a still functioning steeple clock powered by two stone weights built by George Holbrook in 1810.
The tour features a dozen diverse and unique properties. Spearheaded by organizers Nancy Masters and Ian Neill, it is a result of the collaboration between the East Windsor Garden Club, Historic Commission, Agricultural Commission, Conservation Commission, East Windsor Historical Society, Scantic Church and East Windsor 250th Anniversary Committee.
Tickets are $20 for adults and children under 13 may attend for free. Boxed lunches may be purchased for an additional $9 at the time of ticket purchase, prior to May 31. Tour participants may also bring their own picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds of the Historical Society Museums. Visit www.ewgardentour.com to purchase tickets or www.ew250.com for more information.
East Windsor Senior Center Activities
EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Senior Center, 125 Main St., is offering the following events. Call 860-292-8262 for more information.
Shopping: Big Y or Walmart, every Monday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Geissler's, every Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Mobile Foodshare at St. Catherine's Parking Lot, every other Friday, May 4, and May 18.
Fitness/Health: Drop-ins welcome. Events are free, with the exception of chair yoga, line dancing and foot care.
Chair Yoga, every Monday at 10:30 a.m.; Wii Bowling, every Monday at 12:30 p.m.; Wii Zumba every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.; Line Dancing: Class will resume in the fall; Footcare, every third Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., $29 charge, by appointment; free blood pressure and sugar screening, first Thursday of the month; and walking DVD Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.
Art: Painting with Acrylics, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Events: American Red Cross Blood Drive, Thursday, May 31, 1:30 to 7 p.m.; Monthly Social, fourth Thursday, May 24, 12:30 p.m.
Programs include cribbage, setback, trivia, a book club, bring-your-own-project, Bingo, Uno, movies and more.
Junk In The Trunk Tag Sale
ENFIELD — The Woman's Club of Enfield will hold its original Junk in the Trunk tag sale on Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Enfield St. School, 1318 Enfield St. The rental space fee is $20. Crafts and vendors are welcome. For further information and to reserve a space, call Jan at 860-745-6290.
ENFIELD — The Enfield Recreation Department, 19 North Main St., is offering the following programs. Visit www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation or call 860-253-6420 for more information.
Summer Program Registration: The Enfield Recreation Department's Summer program information will be available online at www.enfield-ct.gov/recreation. The Department has a wide variety of programs this summer that range from classes for preschool, youth, teen and adults, special events, swim lessons, open swim, sports camps, drop in programs and more.
Youth Fishing Derby: Saturday, June 2. Held at Freshwater Pond, the derby is open to Enfield youth ages 15 and under. Fishing will begin promptly at the 9 a.m. air horn blast and will end at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for largest fish caught in each age group. No registration necessary. Severe weather will postpone the derby to Sunday, June 3. If in doubt, call the Recreation Department at 860-253-6420 for details.
Picnic Pack Rentals: The Enfield Recreation Department offers picnic packs which are available for Enfield residents to use for a maximum of three days. Payment and proof of residency is required to secure your reservation. Reservations must be made in person at the Recreation Department at least 24 hours in advance of equipment pick up. Payment is by cash or check only. Fee: $12 plus a $20 refundable deposit. Rental equipment includes croquet, badminton, wiffleball, lawn games, horseshoes, frisbee, sports balls, throw down bases and a volleyball/badminton net. Picnic packs will be available for rent through Oct. 1.
New York Yankees Bus Trip: Travel to New York on Saturday, July 28, as the Yankees take on the Kansas City Royals . Trip includes round trip motor coach transportation, game ticket in the 400-level grandstand. The bus will depart the Enfield Town Hall Parking Lot at 8 a.m . and will arrive in New York at approximately 11 a.m. Game time is tentatively scheduled to begin at 1:05 p.m. The bus will leave immediately following the game and will be back to Enfield at approximately 8 p.m. Fee is $71 per person. Pre-registration is required for this trip.
Boston Red Sox Trip: Travel to Boston on Friday, Aug. 17, as the Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays . Trip includes round trip motor coach transportation, game ticket in the bleachers section and free time for shopping or dining. The bus will depart the Enfield Town Hall Parking Lot at 2 p.m. and will arrive in Boston at approximately 4:30 p.m. Game time is tentatively scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. The bus will leave immediately following the game and will be back to Enfield at approximately 12:30 a.m. Fee is $79 per person. Pre-registration is required for this trip.
EAST WINDSOR — Join the East Windsor 250th Anniversary Heritage Day Parade. Parade entry forms are available at EW250.com via the Heritage Day link. Prizes will be awarded for each of the five villages: Broad Brook, Melrose, Scantic, Warehouse Point and Windsorville, along with a Special Grand Marshal Award.
There are no entry fees. Entries may include classic cars, Scout troops, community organizations, bands, floats, horse groups, clowns, marching groups and more.
Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe
SOMERSVILLE — Ye Olde Blacksmith Shoppe, located at the intersection of Pinney Road and Maple Street, will be open Saturdays during June, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Shoppe, operated by the Ladies Aide Society of the Congregational Church Of Somersville, carries a variety of household items, tools, books, games, smaller furniture and more.
A table of fresh home-baked goodies will be available. Donations of new and gently used items from the community are always welcome. Contact Marilyn at 860-763-0131 to arrange a drop-off date and time. Money earned at the shoppe benefits the various ministries of the church.
EAST WINDSOR — The East Windsor Community Garden began its season on May 1. Tilled plots with full sun are $15 for a 10' x 15' space and $25 for a 20' x 15' space, available at the Town Hall Planning Office, 11 Rye St. or by mail, or by calling 860-698-1392 or 860-623-5487.
Seeking Enfield Patriot Award Nominees
ENFIELD — The patriotic spirit caught the eye of Jason MacLelland, owner of Pearl Street Barber Shop, every trip he took down Enfield Street or the street to his shop. The American flags flying from homes or utility poles remind us not to take our liberties for granted, he said, adding we are surrounded by Patriots in our everyday lives and suggested a local man or woman be recognized for their acts of patriotism.
The Enfield Town Council followed up by forming the Enfield Patriot Award Review Committee to establish criteria for the award and review the nominations annually.
Members of the Enfield Patriot Award Committee are seeking nominations for the Enfield Patriot Award. Nominations are open to all men and women residing in Enfield over 15 years. Visit www.enfield-ct.gov or www.enfieldcelebration.org for application forms. Applications must be postmarked by May 31 to be considered.